SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEM SPAWNED

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At least three deaths were reported Tuesday as
a severe weather system spawned possible
twisters and high winds in parts of the Deep
South, authorities said.
Two people were killed and more than 30
others were injured after a suspected tornado
tore through a Louisiana RV park, according to
St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr.
Martin told Fox 8 there were about 300
residents in about 160 trailers at the Sugar Hill
RV park in Convent, La.
Television footage showed several RVs
overturned as emergency workers made their
way through the rubble to reach victims.
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Damage after a tornado ripped through the
Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, La. (FOX 8)
“Emergency responders are on the scene and
are assessing damage and injuries,” St. James
Parish president Timothy Roussel said in a
statement.
Acadian Ambulance said on Twitter that it had
transported 31 patients to the hospital from
St. James Parish.
The meteorologist in charge for the National
Weather Service’s southeast Louisiana office
says at least seven tornadoes hit southeast
Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.
Ken Graham said teams will be sent out in the
morning to document the damage and rate the
tornadoes.
Earlier on Tuesday, a suspected tornado
caused some damage but no injuries near New
Orleans’ main airport as severe weather
spawned possible twisters and high winds in
parts of the Deep South, authorities said.
Emergency officials and the National Weather
Service said the reported tornado was spotted
near Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport in the suburban city of
Kenner. It was believed to have touched down
in a nearby field.
Ronald Myers lives across the street from New
Mount Bethel Baptist Church, where and his
wife are members. He told the Associated Press
he recalled the sky darkening and high winds
— he believes it was a tornado.
“My wife came over to turn the alarm off and
she came back home and said, Baby, the wall
behind the church has done fell down,'” said
Myers. He said he struggled to keep his footing
in the wind, and it nearly knocked his wife
down: “I weigh 242 pounds. If it could move
me, it was moving.”
The storms were part of a line of severe
weather rumbling across Southeast Louisiana.
Severe weather watches were expected to last
into the evening in the state.
In neighboring Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant
declared a state of emergency, in anticipation
of severe weather.
Authorities say at least one person has died
after a possible tornado touched down in
Mississippi.
Vann Byrd of the Lamar County Emergency
Management Agency told the Associated Press
the death occurred Tuesday in a mobile home
west of Purvis. Byrd didn’t release the person’s
name.
Byrd said that officials are still sorting through
reports of damage to some buildings.
David Cox, a meteorologist with the National
Weather Service in Pearl, Mississippi, says
forecasters spotted debris on the ground on
Tuesday afternoon that is a typical hallmark of
a tornado. Storm damage was also reported at
a second location in the county that appeared
to be caused by the severe storm system.
More than 6 million people in parts of five
states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
Florida and Georgia — were in an area of
moderate risk for a few strong tornadoes and
other severe weather Tuesday, the Storm
Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma,
estimated.
Forecasters said about half of Alabama had a
moderate risk of severe weather including
tornadoes. On Tuesday afternoon, an
emergency management official in west
Alabama said a storm has knocked down trees
and damaged at least one home near the rural
town of Reform.
The storms began as a line of fierce
thunderstorms moved across Texas, raising the
risk of tornadoes, hail and damaging winds
around several states, forecasters said.
The South Texas storms left thousands of
people without power and windows broken
after hail the size of golf balls damaged some
buildings, but no one was injured after the bad
weather Monday night, according to the
Kinney County Sheriff’s Office in that state.
In Alabama and Georgia, forecasters issued
flash flood watches ahead of the storm system,
which was expected to drop 1 to 2 inches of
rain, with higher amounts possible in some
areas. The warnings, which covered large parts
of both states, were expected to be in effect
through Wednesday afternoon.
In Arkansas, heavy rain, powerful winds and
some snow were forecast for parts of the state
Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather
Service in Little Rock described the storm
system as a “three-headed monster” on its
Facebook page.
The National Weather Service said new rain on
already saturated soil could cause roads to
flood, as well as low-lying areas and small
streams. The weather service projected that
some of the heaviest rain would fall in metro
Atlanta and in parts of the north Georgia
mountains, where up to 3 inches was expected.

Source : Foxnews

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